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16th Annual Northern Symposium + Social (Prince George)

Date: September 22 — 23, 2022
Location: Ramada Hotel (Prince George)

16th Annual Northern Symposium - Survival of the Human Resources
The Human Resource industry has been redefined in more ways than one over the past few years. From a flexible working model, to an all-inclusive and holistic approach around employee well-being, this will be the year where HR adds value to the transformation it has witnessed in the recent months.

This two-day symposium brings you experts who will offer insights on what HR trends to expect and how they have and will continue to impact us, our teams and the working environment.

This two-day symposium includes:
• 5 Keynote Presentations
• 3 Mini Super Sessions
• 3 Interactive Activity in Small Groups
• 9.25 CPD Hours

Hot topics include:
• Bullying & Harassment
• Psychologically Safe Workplaces
• Data Driven HR
• Legal Considerations and Updates
• Dismissal Process & Investigations
• New Decisions on Duty to Accommodate

More speakers and topics will be announced soon!

Adrina Wills Keynote Session: Legal Update - What's New / What's Important
Adriana Wills, Harris & Company

Adriana advises and advocates for clients on workplace law matters, with emphasis on labour relations, human rights, and employment issues. While representing clients in both the public and private sectors, she has particular expertise with municipal and health employers, and with the broader public sector, including crown corporations.

Adriana combines the foundational belief that clients want practical solutions to workplace problems with over 30 years’ experience with employment relationships, particularly unionized workplace environments.

Clients regularly consult Adriana prior to taking action, enabling the practical issues and problems to be assessed in a legal context. Adriana’s approach is to acquire in-depth knowledge of a client’s operations, business objectives, and other factors, enabling her to provide options which are relevant, contextual, and avoid legal and other risks.

Adriana has developed and presented training ranging from first-line supervisory skills to more complex subjects relating to the application of human rights principles. She believes in working as part of the employer’s team to ensure managers and supervisors are aware of potential pitfalls and know to seek advice in a timely way.

As an advocate, Adriana is focused and relentless. She has appeared before arbitration boards, the Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal, and at the BC Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
Cameron Wardell Keynote Session: Just Dismissals (But Not Just Dismissals)
Speaker: Cameron Wardell, Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP

Cam is a partner at Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP, where he practices labour and employment law. While focusing on litigation, Cam has assisted employers with a wide range of other matters, including the preparation of employment contracts and employment policies, collective bargaining and dispute resolution before labour, employment, human rights and other administrative tribunals. Cam has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia, as well as various administrative tribunals and the Federal Court.

Cam is one of the editors of CanLii's new BC Litigation Practice Manual. Cam is also a past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch Civil Litigation (Vancouver) Section, as well as the Employment Law Section. Cam's legal education included a co-op term working in labour law, as well as a term studying at St. Peter’s College in Oxford. After law school, Cam was a judicial law clerk at the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver.
Irina Doering Keynote Session: Psychologically Safe Workplaces: Do You Have One?
Irina Doering, PhD (I/O Psych), CPHR, Diversity Coach

Irina has spent several years in leadership and has direct experience in business management within non & unionized environments and non & for-profit organizations.

When she isn't teaching or spending time with her 3 sons and their fur baby, Irina is an active volunteer in the community and developing these organizations is her passion as she is drawn to opportunities for coaching and organizational development. Her research interests include employee engagement and the development of psychologically safe workplaces.

Irina earned her PhD from Adler University in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, her Provincial Instructor Diploma from Vancouver Community College, is a Certified Diversity Coach and a designated Chartered Professional in Human Resources; she serves on the CPHR BC and Yukon Northern Advisory Council.


Date & Time:
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Registration 12:00-1:00pm; Presentations 1:00-5:00pm (Break refreshments will be provided); Social at Betulla Burning Pizzeria Napoletana 6:30-8:30pm

Friday, September 23, 2022
Registration 8:00am-8:30am; Presentations 8:30am-4:30pm (Break refreshments and buffet lunch will be provided.)

Venue: Ramada Prince George, 444 George Street, Prince George, BC V2L 1R6

Group Rate on accommodation at Ramada Prince George:
• Premiere 1 King Bed Room at $125/night (taxes and fees applicable).
• Book by SEPTEMBER 15, 2022: Call 1.250.563.0055 / Call 250.561.5665, or email reservations@ramadaprincegeorge.com, mentioning the group name "Chartered Professional in Human Resources BC & Yukon", or group code "092122CHA".

CPD Hours: 9.25
ENQUIRIES: Questions about registration or receipt can be directed to pd@cphrbc.ca.

Should you have any questions regarding workshops in your region, please contact Tim Read, Member Relations Manager at tread@cphrbc.ca.

Betulla Burning  Betulla Burning

Northern Symposium Social at Betulla Burning
September 22 at 6:30-8:30 pm | 1253 3rd Avenue, Prince George

Join us for a social reception-style dinner from Betulla Burning Pizzeria Napoletana.
Connect with informal networking activities, meet Symposium speakers, relax and enjoy after day one of Symposium.

Ticket Price: $37, including food and first choice of drink.

Stand-alone tickets are available for non-Symposium guests!


Don't miss your chance to SAVE!
10% GROUP DISCOUNT! Offered to two* registrants from the same organization, when registered at the same time. Note: Manual Registration (download form here) for both registrants is required in order to be eligible for the discount.

Fees/Registration Deadline

Early Bird
(on/before Aug 22)

Aug 22)

Student & Retired Member
Social Event

(Optional add-on or stand-alone ticket)

 $  37.00

 $  37.00

Agenda or registration details are subject to change without notice.

All pricing excludes applicable taxes. HST/GST # 119446714
A full refund, less a $25 processing fee, will be issued for cancellations submitted at least one week prior to an event or workshop. Attendee substitutions are permitted; however, member/non-member rate differences will apply. Please submit cancellation or substitution requests by fax (604-684-3225) or e-mail (pd@cphrbc.ca).